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User currently offlineAirplanetire From United States of America, joined May 2001, 1809 posts, RR: 2
Posted (12 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 1298 times:

When you get off of one flight and have to connect to another, do you ever have to claim your bags and recheck them, or can you just go to your next flight? When I flew ATL-ZRH and ZRH-ATH on Swissair this summer, my family and I checked our bags in ATL and did not see them again until we got to ATH. So how does it work on : domestic to another domestic, domestic to international, international to another international, or international to domestic? What happens when you don't fly the same airline the whole way? How long can it be between flights to not have to claim your bags and recheck later on? Thanks!

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User currently offlineAirplanetire From United States of America, joined May 2001, 1809 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (12 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 1288 times:

I also have one other question. What do you have to do when you get to certain airports when you are flying in from another country and are connecting to another flight? When I was transferring in ZRH, all we did was get off our plane, follow a sign that said "Connections", and go through metal detectors. We were at our gate then. We didn't have to clear customs in Switzerland. What do you have to do in other major airports around the world?

User currently offlineAirplanetire From United States of America, joined May 2001, 1809 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (12 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 1263 times:

anyone?

User currently offlineJessman From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 1506 posts, RR: 7
Reply 3, posted (12 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 1260 times:

Domestically baggage goes all the way through.
Internationally it is decided by the respective countries.
To/From the US passengers clear customs in the first port of entry in the country of destination in almost every situation, even if there is a connection in another international country.


User currently offlineAirplanetire From United States of America, joined May 2001, 1809 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (12 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 1253 times:

Why did I not have to clear customs in ZRH? So if I was to fly ATL-FRA on Lufthansa, and then get on a flight from FRA to SIN on Singapore Airlines, would I have to clear customs in FRA and what would I have to do with my bags?

User currently offlineRedngold From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 6907 posts, RR: 44
Reply 5, posted (12 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 1250 times:

If you are connecting on the same or a code-shared airline, chances are you will be able to check your baggage through to your final destination.

You should be able to tell where you will need to pick up your bags by asking the baggage checker or by looking at the tag s/he puts on your luggage. The last airport code is where you should retrieve your bag.

My bag on my last flights looked like this:

MCO (large bold letters)

BNA
MCO

Claim Number:
CLE9900022200

So it was checked through to MCO.

I hope this isn't too confusing.

regards,
redngold



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User currently offlineRyu2 From Taiwan, joined Aug 2002, 495 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (12 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 1245 times:

Most full-service airlines (but not "low cost" carriers Southwest, RyanAir, etc.) can check through bags to other carriers, even if they aren't partners or have codeshare agreements.

You may need to present paper copies of tickets upon check-in, however, if the flights are not in one single reservation.

Also, you may still need to retrieve bags to clear customs in some countries (like the US) before rechecking them in.


User currently offlineL1011 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 1685 posts, RR: 9
Reply 7, posted (12 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day ago) and read 1233 times:
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I recently checked my bag from Richmond all the way to Singapore on four flights and three airlines, NW, UA, and CX. On the return, which was all UA, I had to reclaim them at ORD to take them through customs, then recheck them to my final destination of RIC, even though the tag put on them in SIN showed them checked through to RIC.

Bob Bradley
Richmond, VA



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